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largest-bee-I've-ever-seen on Encelia - Bombus sonorus - female

largest-bee-I've-ever-seen on Encelia - Bombus sonorus - Female
Orange County, California, USA
April 12, 2011
Size: est 25mm? see remarks
About the size of a green fruit beetle or a valley carpenter bee (both of which are pretty common around here), this bee nearly dwarfs the Encelia flower its standing on. Many thanks in advance to anybody who can help me ID this bee.

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largest-bee-I've-ever-seen on Encelia - Bombus sonorus - female largest-bee-I've-ever-seen on Encelia - Bombus sonorus

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

maybe
the Sonoran Bumblebee?


But there are lots of bumblebees that look alike, so definitely wait for an expert's opinion.

 
yes
a female

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